Monday, August 2, 2010

I Have A Confession.

I have a confession. Okay, well, it’s really not a confession if you know me well.  My friends know all too well about this obsession.  I LOVE thrift shops.  Like…love, LOVE thrift shops.  It’s a sickness really.  I have NO shame!  You’d be SHOCKED at all the deals you can score!!  One of my most frequented thrift shops is Goodwill.  I go every other week…sometimes once a week.  Stuff goes fast and you gotta be quick to get a steal!  My destination every trip is the home goods section.  A lot of times I’ll leave empty handed, but there are those occasions when I find something just PERFECT…or something that can be perfect with the right touches.  Take for instance these little lamp bases…

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I found one of these bases one week and when I went back a couple of weeks later, I found the matching twin!  I was ecstatic!!  Now obviously, they don’t look too special or appealing, but I LOVE the overall design and shape.  With a little loving care, a cute shade, and some spray paint TLC, I knew they had BIG potential.  And the best part?!  These little lamps cost me a total of $5 EACH!!!!!!

I was bargain shopping at my FAVORITE store…ROSS…one day, and low & behold, I found a couple of drum shades for a whopping $2.99 a piece!  I acted fast because there were only 2 left!  SOLD!  Total for shades…$6.

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I loved the shades, but I don’t have anything bright white in my room and I really wanted something a little less bright.  I hopped over to Hancock and found a fun, VERY simple fabric that was on clearance!!!!  I was ecstatic to pay $6 for 2 yards of nice fabric!!!  Perfect for covering the shades.

Since I knew these would make the PERFECT bedside lamps, I immediately scoured out some Valspar spray paint to pull out the blue in my comforter.

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I sprayed both bases, recovered the shades, and came up with this…

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I liked it alright, but it didn’t feel finished.  SO, I dirtied the bases up with my favorite Valspar antiquing glaze and VOILA!

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I LOVE the new look!!  They really do make the perfect bedside lamps and I LOVE the way they look with the wall color!  My Goodwill lamp transformation cost me a grand total of $26!!!!  It really pays to bargain shop!!!!


  1. that shade of blue on the base is fabulous!! what a steal!

  2. Those are awesome!! I posted one of your recipes on my blog and linked back to yours. Hope that is ok. I am friends with Meredith Northcutt. We moved from Dallas about a year ago. Anyway love your recipes and posts!!

  3. you are so lucky that you have that talent and everything you do turns out so great!

    love the lamps especially up against your wall color!

  4. WOW! What a beautiful transformation!! I'm following your lovely and creative blog and I can't wait to see what else you have in store! I hope you pop by FFD!! I love having new friends!! All the best!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  5. LOVE the new look! What a great idea! :)

  6. She Shoots, She Scores !!! Love Them !!!